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Take Action to Enhance Public Safety and Protect Survivors

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Join with YWCA Evanston/North Shore to enhance public safety, promote women’s equity, and end gender-based violence in the United States. YWCA advocates for laws that promote race and gender equity for women and girls on issues of health, safety, economic security, and civil rights.

Here are 3 ways you can take action:

  • TELL CONGRESS TO REAUTHORIZE & PROVIDE FULL FUNDING FOR THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (S. 2843/H.R. 1585)

The Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994 and seeks to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the United States. It is up for Congressional reauthorization as S. 2843 and H.R. 1585 with added improvements to the law, including increased funding for violence prevention and closing loopholes to prevent perpetrators of gender-based violence from gaining access to firearms. Tell your members of Congress to reauthorize and fully fund VAWA at $871 million today.

  • ENCOURAGE YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF YWCA’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAININGS

YWCA staff regularly provide training and information to first responders such as police officers, medical personnel, and social workers so that they can recognize and screen for domestic violence and make appropriate referrals. YWCA is also an approved training site for the official 40-hour domestic violence training in Illinois. For more information, and to register, see www.ywca-ens.org/40-hour-dv-training/ and www.ywca-ens.org/violence-prevention/education-and-training/. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is also currently offering training around the new Illinois Firearm Restraining Order law that took effect January 1st. Contact Peter Contos at peter@ichv.org to learn more.

  • JOIN WITH YWCA TO CHAMPION LAWS THAT PROMOTE RACE AND GENDER EQUITY

YWCA Evanston/North Shore actively engages community members in helping change and pass laws that promote gender and racial equity. To learn more about our policy agenda and sign up for advocacy updates that will tell you how to take action, please visit https://www.ywca-ens.org/advocacy/. For other ways of getting involved visit www.ywca-ens.org/get-involved.